The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance

  • Eamonn Jordan
  • Eric Weitz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiii
  2. Eamonn Jordan, Eric Weitz
    Pages 1-28
  3. Histories

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Conor Doyle
      Pages 45-49
    3. Carole Quigley
      Pages 85-91
    4. Una Mannion
      Pages 93-112
    5. Máirtín Coilféir
      Pages 135-149
    6. Tom Maguire
      Pages 151-164
    7. Christopher Collins
      Pages 221-232
    8. Gavin Kostick
      Pages 233-237
  4. Closeups

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 269-269
    2. Bernard Farrell
      Pages 271-285
    3. John McCormick
      Pages 287-292
    4. Rhona Trench
      Pages 331-340
    5. Siobhán O’Gorman
      Pages 341-360
    6. Eimer Murphy
      Pages 361-374
    7. Bernadette Sweeney
      Pages 375-391
    8. Úna Kavanagh
      Pages 393-397
    9. Ian R. Walsh
      Pages 399-413
    10. Kellie Hughes
      Pages 415-419
    11. Nicholas Grene
      Pages 421-434
    12. Rosaleen McDonagh
      Pages 435-441
    13. Kate McCarthy, Úna Kealy
      Pages 443-462
  5. Interfaces

About this book


This Handbook offers a multiform sweep of theoretical, historical, practical and personal glimpses into a landscape roughly characterised as contemporary Irish theatre and performance. Bringing together a spectrum of voices and sensibilities in each of its four sections — Histories, Close-ups, Interfaces, and Reflections — it casts its gaze back across the past sixty years or so to recall, analyse, and assess the recent legacy of theatre and performance on this island. While offering information, overviews and reflections of current thought across its chapters, this book will serve most handily as food for thought and a springboard for curiosity. Offering something different in its mix of themes and perspectives, so that previously unexamined surfaces might come to light individually and in conjunction with other essays, it is a wide-ranging and indispensable resource in Irish theatre studies.


Contemporary Irish theatre Contemporary performance Drama studies Modern Irish drama The Theatre Royal Irish language theatre Lambert Theatre Pat Kinevane Olwen Fouéré Marina Carr Brokentalkers Conor McPherson George Bernard Shaw

Editors and affiliations

  • Eamonn Jordan
    • 1
  • Eric Weitz
    • 2
  1. 1.School of English, Drama and FilmUniversity College DublinDublinIreland
  2. 2.School of Creative ArtsTrinity College DublinDublinIreland

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